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Welcome to Hacienda

Measure H

September 8, 2014

Dear Hacienda School parents and community members,

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in a community meeting where you will be able to provide your input on the facility improvements you would like to see at our school. Potential facility improvements will be possible due to Measure H general obligation bonds, approved by our supportive community.

As a result of the bonds voters approved on November 6, 2012, approximately $80 million in Measure H bonds will be issued in January 2015. These funds will help San Jose Unified make improvements in several areas: academic programs; school safety and security; classrooms and science labs; repair, construct, or equip school sites and classrooms; teacher retention by upgrading technology; and much more. This is where you come in. We would like to hear from you about what you think our school needs most and help us finalize our school’s project list. All Hacienda School families, community members, staff, and students are encouraged to attend our local school meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:00pm in the Faculty Dining Room, to provide feedback.

We hope that you will attend the meeting and help us make improvements that will benefit our students.

Warm regards,

Carmen Loy

Please look on the Principal’s Corner webpage for important parent letters.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the Hacienda staff, I want to extend a warm welcome to your family for the 2014-2015 school year. As the new principal at Hacienda, here is some important information to kick off the school year.  I’d like to ensure that ever family has the tools needed for their children to arrive at school prepared for a successful learning experience.

First Day of School Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Start and End State Preschool 8:00-11:00 am & 12:00-3:00 pm
Times SDC Preschool 8:55-11:55 am
Grades K-3 9:00-3:00 pm
Grades 4-5 9:00-3:06 pm

Lunch Times Kindergarten 12:00-12:44 pm
Grades 1-3 12:10-12:55 pm
Grades 4-5 12:17-12:55 pm

Food Prices
Breakfast $1.75, Reduced Breakfast 30¢, Milk 50¢, Lunch $2.75, Reduced Lunch 40¢. One bonus meal for every pack of 10 meals purchased providing there is no negative balance on the account at the time meals are paid for. All students currently enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program will receive a meal application in the mail.  If you would like your child to remain enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program, you will need to fill out and resubmit your meal application. Returning students who qualified for Free or Reduced Price meals last year will retain their same meal status until September 24, 2014, or when a new application for 2014-2015 is received and approved.  After September 24, 2014, students without a new meal application on file will become full pay.  Parents of first time and new students to the District must fill out a meal application and will have to pay the full price for meals while waiting for their applications to be approved. No credits will be given for purchases made prior to application approval.

Student Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Parking is available on the street on all four sides of the campus. Please remember, NO parking in the bus loading zones and NO parking in either of the Staff Parking Lots. Due to the limited amount of parking available at Hacienda, we’ve found it necessary to reserve our parking lots for staff members only. If dropping/picking up your child using the drive through at the front of the school, do not leave your vehicle unattended to walk your child to their classroom or to pick them up from their classroom. You will be at risk of having your car towed.

Student Supervision
Students will be supervised from 8:30-8:55 am in the cafeteria where breakfast is available at the above listed prices. Please do not send your student to school before 8:30 am, as there is no campus supervision provided. The school office is not available for childcare before and/or after school. A bell will ring at 8:55 am as a signal that instruction will be beginning and for all students to start lining up in front of their classrooms. Hacienda does not provide any school sponsored after school programs. If you are in need of morning or after school care for your child, you may want to consider contacting the on-site YMCA Day Care program at (408) 978-1156. 

All students are required to wear the school uniform. School uniform colors are red, navy blue, white, hunter green or khaki. No logos, please. Clearly mark your child’s clothing with their name. This makes it easier to identify and return to the student.

Classroom Supplies
Each teacher has their own requirements and will communicate them to you and your child sometime during the first month of school.  There is no need for parents to purchase anything before the first day of school other than possibly a backpack and/or lunchbox. Please do not call the school office to inquire about supply lists.

Absence Reporting
All absences must be called in to the school absence reporting line at (408) 287-6303 (it is not enough to tell the classroom teacher.) If your child is arriving after 9:15 am, you must sign them into school in the office.

Our huge volunteer base enhances Hacienda’s success. We appreciate and value the important role that all of our volunteers play. If you are planning on volunteering at the school more that 5 times during the school year, you will be considered a long-term volunteer and are subject to the following District requirements: TB test taken within the last 60 days or chest x-ray results (if applicable) and fingerprints taken by SJUSD at a nominal fee of $10. Fingerprint results from other agencies are non-transferable; therefore, you will be required to take your fingerprints through SJUSD. Return long-term volunteers are not required to be fingerprinted again, however, you must fill out a new volunteer packet annually. It is your responsibility to follow up on the status of your fingerprints with the school secretary. Get ahead of the game now and call (408) 535-6139 x15013 to schedule your fingerprint appointment! And don’t forget— all volunteers must sign in at the office even if you’re only going to be on campus “for a minute.”

The school office will reopen on Wednesday, August 6.  If your child will NOT be attending the first day of school, please notify the school immediately at (408) 535-6259. Office hours will be 8:00-4:00 pm. Class lists will be posted on the office windows on Tuesday, August 12 at 4:30 pm. Class assignments will NOT be given out over the phone prior to or on the day of August 12. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  Classroom assignments will remain posted overnight for your convenience. All classes are full. There will be no changes made to class assignments.

I’m looking forward to a school year filled with adventure and learning.

Warm regards,

Carmen Loy